For this five-night run, four of the genre's leading instrumentalists come together in a quartet setting to play the best in modern jazz. Pianist Steve Kuhn first his mark as a sideman with John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, and grew beyond the powerful influence of Bill Evans into a unique stylist with incredible technique and sense of dynamics and lyricism. Saxophonist Dave Liebman has played with some of the best in the business, spending extensive periods as a member of the Miles Davis and Elvin Jones groups. As a leader, he has been associated since 1970 with a succession of extraordinary groups from Open Sky Trio to Lookout Farm to Quest, each of which has framed a distinct phase of his musical evolution. Double bass and bass guitar master and composer Steve Swallow joined the Paul Bley Trio in 1960, subsequently playing in groups led by Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and Gary Burton. After the late 70s, Swallow has been closely associated Carla Bley's groups, while also touring and recording with various other collaborations with top jazz performers such as John Scofield, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian and many more. Highly in-demand sideman and "one of the hippest bandleaders now at work," (Downbeat) drummer Billy Drummond began his career with the Horace Silver sextet and, later, played with J. J. Johnson and Sonny Rollins. A longtime member of Carla Bley's Lost Chords Quartet as well as the Steve Kuhn Trio, Drummond rounds out this all-star jazz quartet.
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